Colts Trade Nyheim Hines to Bills

by Mark Strausberg
Colts and Bills swap backup RBs

Just when I thought I could take a breather, I get another notification. This one was that the Colts and Bills swap backup RBs.

The biggest piece here is Nyheim Hines who gets traded to Buffalo in return for Zack Moss and a sixth-rounder that can become a fifth-rounder.

Back-up running backs seem to be the currency of choice this trade deadline with Moss and Hines taking the total this week to at least half a dozen by my count.

Watch Mike Laplant and Dylan Clemons breakdown all the trades on YouTube.

But there are really no losers in this trade, except for possibly the rest of the AFC East.

Let's break it down on both sides.

Colts and Bills swap backup RBs

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Impact with Hines in Buffalo

What we know from Hines's time in Indianapolis is that when called upon, he can do the job. And that obviously includes his TD last week. The Bills have been "searching for their Nyheim Hines" and finally decided to go get the actual thing. Teamed with Devin Singletary, this gives the Bills a proven 1-2 punch in their backfield. I don't see this impacting Singletary too much, but James Cook's fantasy value definitely takes a hit.

Hines averaged 4.3 and 4.9 yards per carry in 2020 and 2021 respectively. He might be an even better asset as a target out of the backfield. having caught 40 passes last season and 63 the previous one. Expect him to give Josh Allen another receiving option, but likely more as a safety valve. If anyone in Buffalo's value goes down with the addition of Hines, it is probably Dawson Knox as he will likely see fewer short-range passes outside of the red zone now.

One additional area I expect the Bills to use Hines is on special teams. Buffalo is only middle of the pack when it comes to net yards on punts and we should expect to see Hines on the field for special teams. Does this make the Buffalo D/ST much better? Probably not as they are already a "set it and forget it" option, but Bills DST owners might see a bonus touchdown later this season they hadn't expected.

Impact with Moss in Indianapolis

Zack Moss's time in Buffalo has not risen to the expectations level bestowed upon by the fantasy community when he was a bruising runner coming out of Utah. However, he is still relatively young at just 24 years old and can now learn from one of the best, Jonathan Taylor. Frank Reich will give his primary back 20 carries, but rarely 30, so there is some room here for Moss to grow. Expect a close battle between Moss and current Colts back-up RB, Deon Jackson.

The rest of the Indy offense remains pretty fairly unaffected by the RB trade. However, Hines was a popular player in the Colts locker room and definitely spoke highly of his teammates. Frank Reich might have to navigate some rough waters the rest of the season, but that comes with the territory of having a team that starts the first half of the season with a losing record. Moss might be just the jolt that the Colts need. Or not.

Final Thoughts

When I saw the news that the Colts and Bills swap backup RBs, I knew immediately that the big winner in this trade was the Colts' cap space. The Colts are headed in the wrong direction and this gives them an additional $9 Million in cap space over the next two years. But the Bills are "pushing in" for the Super Bowl and it makes too much sense to acquire a backup of Hines' level to make that Super Bowl push. It's a good trade for both teams.

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